Monday, April 07, 2014

ELSA Youth Meeting this summer: Deadline is soon!

For young people who stutter and are under 28, go to a free youth meeting in the Netherlands. I was there and I really enjoyed it. Made friends for life. Check out the ELSA website.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Meet me on my US trip

I will be in the US from April 11th to April30th.

Meet me in New York, Tucson, or San Diego area! I am always happy to meet readers, especially if they stutter! ;-)

Contact me via email! My gmail address is tom DOT weidig!

Discuss with me at AIS in NY on April 17th

Come to the American Institute for Stuttering on Thursday April 17th from 6-7:30pm in New York. They invited me to talk about research in stuttering. There will probably be a round table discussion on the latest understanding, what the future might hold, and how it could impact treatment!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stuttering: a short animation film

Check out Bertrand and Timmy's animation film about stuttering. I met them at the Antwerp stuttering conference.

Let me know what you think, and help the creators with your feedback!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday key note speakers at Antwerp ECSF Conference

I am sitting here in the entrance hall close to the reception desk of the Antwerp Conference.

Here is my report on the three Friday key note speakers:

The first keynote speaker was Ann Packmann. Her speech was about Exploring the relationship between treatment and causal theory in stuttering. She also presented her model of the moment of stuttering, developed by herself and Attanasio. She started out with talking about how one needs to find the cause for a heart issue and back pain before treating it. Unfortunately, that was not a good example, because many people now recognize the biopsychosocial aspects of these issues. Back pain and heart issue can certainly come from or be modulated by psychosocial causes, and treating the physical cause might not be enough. he then talks about  verbal communication & complexity theory. She correctly says that speaking is the most complex thing humans do and which sets them apart from other primates. She goes into complexity theory

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Guest Blogger Richard Harkness: Stuttering's Primary Paradox and How it Tricks Us

Here is a guest post by Richard Harkness. If you want to be a guest blogger, please contact me.

Stuttering's Primary Paradox and How it Tricks Us (Richard Harkness) 

Some readers might remember me from workshops I've presented on the brain basis of stuttering and neuropatterning at National Stuttering Association (NSA) conventions in San Diego, Denver, Buffalo, and Atlanta. My most recent project was completing the new neuropatterning Home Course [].

What I call the primary paradox, more than any other aspect of stuttering, accounts for the tremendous confusion that has always surrounded this perplexing disorder. It's easy to fall into this pothole.

The paradox is this: If PWS (Persons Who Stutter) can be fluent in some situations, why can't they be fluent in all situations? That is, why can most PWS speak fluently when speaking alone or to a pet--but stutter when aware of a human listener? And why can most PWS speak fluently when chorus reading (reading aloud in unison with someone else)? What could explain this except some kind of emotional or psychological issue? (This seeming paradox can be explained neurologically-by the excitation feedback component of stuttering-as discussed in The Two Components of Stuttering [].

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Arya Kumar Sinha believes that stuttering is totally curable.

Arya Kumar Sinha wrote to me that stuttering is curable. Read his email to me. I am not sure about his "By the laws of physics .Many-worlds interpretation , which successfully explained , loopholes of quantum physics , and today Dr. Stephen Hawking is a great supporter of this theory."
Hi Tom , I am Arya Kumar Sinha. I would like to contradict the view that is propagated in your web-site like stammering is not curable. My view is that : stammering is totally curable. I will place good arguments in favor of it. I am from India. At one point , I used to stammer severely with block/repeat on "A" "E" "I" "M" O" "U" "P" "D" "R" "L". From there , today i have achieved total fluency. I can speak fast like any normal speaker , without a single block on any letter. Why stammering is curable : The argument is : 1) Consider flipping of coin . P(head) = P(tail) =1/2. Similarly if we assume 2 states of stammering , then P(cure)=P(non-cure)= 1/2. So I rule out your 1st argument that stammering is not curable, by showing that there is equal possibility of both the cure/non-cure states. Its perfectly up to you to choose one. Both of these states exist in nature. 2) A computer i.e the logical processing area of a computer is composed of 3 parts. 1) Software 2) Operating system 3) Hardware. A programming error/bug appears if there is malfunction/error in the software part or OS or hardware. If in case of stammering there was a hardware error . then the individual would face it , while singing or while talking to himself. But in such cases a stammerer finds himself totally fluent thereby signalling that there is

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

100% guarantee that Anna Deeter does NOT make you stutter-free in 3 days!!

A TSB reader sent me the following email. If you have been in contact with her, contact the authorities!
You might be interested to take a look at Carl Herder's FB posting on Anna Deeter, an unlicensed speech therapist in California who's offering speech therapy in the guise of "training". Not only that, but a "I offer 100% success guarantee that at the end of the 3-day STUDY COURSE they will be stutter-free!! 
Carl is urging people to let the California licensing authorities know of her illegal activities.
Her program costs only $8000.
I suggest to Anna Deeter that she should charge the $8000 only after the person is cured. I am sure if she offers a 100% success guarantee, she is willing to wait for three days for the $8000! I would be very happy to give her the money for a cure!!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

IFA Conference: July 6th-8th 2015

Here some information about the next IFA conference:
IFA’s 8th World Congress will be held at Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal, where Jaqueline Carmona and Goncalo Leal are looking forward to serving as co-convenors. IFA’s Meetings and Conferences Committee received an array of excellent bids from Argentina, Australia, India, Portugal and USA. After careful consideration, the event was awarded to the bidding team from Portugal because their bid is the most advantageous for IFA and is responsive to the feedback received from IFA’s membership. Consistent with that feedback, holding the conference in Portugal will facilitate considerably more affordable congress registration fees. The 2015 IFA World Congress will be an exciting collaboration between IFA, ICA, and the Portuguese team, and will address stuttering, cluttering and other fluency disorders within its remit. This congress will also invite participation from the stuttering community, and will encourage collaboration between professionals and people with fluency disorders. More details regarding the 2015 congress will be published early in 2014, so watch for more information!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Antwerp Stuttering Conference March 28th & 29th 2014

Check out the Antwerp Stuttering Conference on March 28th & 29th 2014: here.

I will be giving a workshop on how stuttering fits into a biopsychosocial framework. You find the 2012 version here.

I hope to see you there!